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Tag Archive for ‘poverty’

Monday 17 June

ELEVENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Psalm 98; Matthew 5:38-42 The poverty of gospel living Christian poverty is not about a lack of material wealth. Rather, Christian poverty is about the renouncing of one’s self-importance and a readiness to acknowledge the rights and needs of others. Jesus challenges us to serve rather than […]

Tuesday 8 January

1 John 4:7-10; Psalm 71 (72): 1-4, 7-8; Mark 6:34-44 Poverty Five loaves and two fish. What we have and who we are might well seem quite inadequate in the face of the tasks that present themselves. Our poverty and limitation is only part of the picture. The other part of the picture is the […]

Friday 31 August

1Corinthians 1: 17-25; Psalm 33; Matthew 25: 1-13 Oil check or candle purchase June and July were very tough at Challenge 2000 where I work. Car accident deaths, attempted suicides, suicides and poverty stretched our resources and gospel commitment to serve those on the peripheries. Humming the song “Give me oil in my lamp, keep […]

Tuesday 14 August

St Maxmillian Kolbe Ezekiel 2:8-3:4; Psalm 119B; Matthew 18:1-5, 10-14 Akahoa he iti he pounamu – although small, a treasure Too many of our children live in poverty. Too many of our young people commit suicide. Too many of our girls and boys are sexually abused. Too many fail at school. Jesus says to us […]

Friday 11 August

St Clare Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Psalm 77; Matthew 16:24-28 Giving all Poverty is not about ‘having nothing.’ It is about ‘giving all.’ There’s a big difference. I am no good with nothing; I cannot help anyone, maintain, provide or change anything. St Clare embraced poverty with a generosity that enabled her to give of herself, helping […]

150 Years of Generosity, Service and Compassion

The Society of St Vincent de Paul When Pope Francis described the kind of church he would like to see, he could have been talking about the vision that inspired the Society of St Vincent de Paul. ‘I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty,’ said Pope Francis, ‘because it has been out […]

Friday 28 July

Exodus 20:1–17; Psalm 19; Matthew 13:18–23 Abundance Data on traditional cropping systems at this time suggest that a cropping yield would average about sevenfold to elevenfold. If such is correct this parable has an unexpected twist for ‘some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty’ are unusually abundant crops anticipating the yield of God’s just reign […]

Thursday 9 February

Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128; Mark 7:24-30 Being poor Poverty has many faces. We may be deprived of wealth or strength. We may be without faith or hope or spirit. We may also have no place where we belong. The woman who came to Jesus asking healing for her daughter was a pagan. She had no […]

Friday 30 September

St Jerome Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5, Ps 139, Luke 10:13-16 Psalm 113:7 We end the month at the beginning. Every disciple is just a man or woman with no claim on God. Job’s silence in front of the majesty of God shows the poverty of the disciple. Prayer begins and ends with the disciple sitting […]

Joint Bible Campaign Promotes Social Justice

During  Social Justice Week (Sept 13-19), Bible Society New Zealand, in partnership with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand,  launched its new Poverty and Justice Bible campaign in Catholic churches throughout the country. This Catholic NRSV Bible includes more than 3,500 verses highlighting references to  poverty and justice, helping people understand the call of Pope Francis to […]